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HGSE Distinguished Author Series Talk on Feb 9


I am honored to engage in a conversation with distinguished colleagues and students about Finnish Lessons 2.0 at HGSE’s Distinguished Author Series book talk on Tuesday February 9th. I will speak about the main impact of this book globally and outline some main misinterpretations of it in the U.S. and beyond. I will be joined to discuss these issues by Boston College Professor Andy Hargreaves, Vermont Secretary of Education and GSE doctoral student Rebecca Holcombe, Ed.M.’90, and my student Ed.M. IEP candidate Hibatalla Ibrahim.

Finnish Lessons 2.0 details the complexity of educational change by illustrating Finland’s educational performance in light of the most recent international data and evidence. It shows how systematic focus on teacher and leader professionalism, enhancing trust in teachers, delegating decision-making on teaching and learning to schools, and investing in equity rather than competition and choice, standardization, test-based accountability and other market-based reform ideas have made Finnish schools successful. More about the book here.

This is what is said about Finnish Lessons 2.0: “In the revised edition of his award-winning book, Pasi Sahlberg builds on his vast knowledge of education around the globe. Whether or not you have read Finnish Lessons, you should read and ponder this new edition right away.” Howard Gardner, John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education

“The story of Finland’s extraordinary educational reforms is one that should inform policymakers and educators around the world. Teacher professionalism, intelligent accountability, and a systematic focus on equity are among the aspects of Finland’s education system that have inspired others. This updated edition presents these lessons in a vivid and in-spiring style.” Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University

Join us in this unique conversation on Tuesday February 9th at 6pm in Gutman Library. Download poster here.